Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrated in the Northland

Superior Recognizes Holiday for the First Time

SUPERIOR, Wis. – The second Monday of October has traditionally been called Columbus Day. It’s been a federal holiday in the United States since 1837.

But in recent years, more and more cities and states have also celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day.

Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates the history and culture of Native Americans.

Superior’s new mayor, Jim Paine, said he feels it’s important for the city to recognize the holiday for the first time.

“History doesn’t do any good if it doesn’t tell the truth and the fact is Christopher Columbus did not discover America,” said Paine. “That is a true historic fact. I’d argue he wasn’t even the first European to discover America. These people were here first. This land was settled, especially this place here.”

Indigenous Peoples day events in Duluth and Superior celebrate the original residents of the Northland and acknowledge the important roles that tribal members still play in society.

“Most of my life I’ve been kind of invisible so having recognition just that we are here and that we’re indigenous, and having a right to just exist is very big for an oppressed peoples,” said Korii Northrup, a Fond Du Lac tribal member.

Those celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day are encouraged to wear orange as a way to remember the survivors of the American Indian boarding schools. Wearing orange also helps educate people about the holiday’s significance.

The state of Minnesota has recognized Indigenous Peoples Day since last year. Legislation has been proposed to do the same in Wisconsin.


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